Thursday, 04 Feb, 2010 Environment

Soccer Ball that Produces Electricity During Play


A lot of people from developing countries use kerosene lamps to light up their homes at night. However, besides emitting hazardous fumes, the yearly dose of carbon dioxide emissions produced by these lamps reaches the level of 190 million metric tons.

In order to solve the issues, four engineers from Harvard University came up with a soccer ball that produces and stores energy during play. The ball, dubbed Soccket, could become one of the most useful inventions to be used in African countries where soccer is played nearly everyone.

Thus the ball will play two roles - make it possible for African children to play soccer and help light up homes and charge cell phones, informs Green Inc.

The Soccket captures kinetic energy by making use of a built-in inductive coil mechanism that functions similar to the flashlights that light up when shaken. The designers say that the device is somewhat heavier than a standard soccer ball and after 15 minutes of play it can generate enough electricity to keep a small LED light on for about 3 hours.

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